All photos taken by volunteer Eddie Vo

Nearly 300 people gathered in the Richard B. Simches Research Center Feb. 22 to celebrate the Year of the Pig as part of the MGH Chinese Scientists and Staff Association’s (CSSA) traditional Lunar New Year event. More than 50 performers from the MGH and greater Boston area showcased their talents in traditional Chinese music, dance, song and entertainment.

“It was a great event with lots of families and friends from MGH and local Chinese community members, gathering together to exchange their best wishes for the new year,” says MGH CSSA co-presidents Xiaoming Sun, PhD, of the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard; and Mengyu Wang, PhD, of the Mass Eye and Ear Department of Ophthalmology. “It was also a good way to introduce our Chinese culture to the world.”

The evening’s entertainment included a Beijing opera performance – a principal tradition in Chinese culture – by the Harvard Alumni Peking Opera Group, a demonstration of Taiji – a Chinese martial art practiced for both its defense training and health benefits – and a few performers playing the Guzheng, a Chinese plucked string instrument with a more than 2,500-year history.

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